Welcome to Michigan Week!

The 46th Greater West Bloomfield Michigan Week Community Awards Breakfast will be Friday, May 18, 2018, at Glen Oaks Country Club.

This year’s Awards Breakfast theme is “Honoring Our Public Safety Departments”.  The emcee will be West Bloomfield Police Chief Michael Patton.

Greater West Bloomfield volunteers give their time, talent, and personal resources on a daily basis without regard for recognition or promotion.  We invite you to help us celebrate and recognize these individuals and organizations that serve our community year-round.

The Greater West Bloomfield Michigan Week Committee is a non-partisan, non-profit organization.  West Bloomfield Youth Assistance, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the fiscal sponsor for the Breakfast.

2017 Sponsors:  Orchard Mall West Bloomfield;  Uncle Buck’s Party Rental; Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian; Judy Garver and Hal Parish; Commissioner Marcia Gershenson; Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society; Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence; Bob and Carol Hack; Hampton Inn, West Bloomfield; Ken and Deb Macon; Walled Lake Consolidated School District

You can become a sponsor for 2018 starting now until May 1, 2018.

You can register for the Breakfast February 2 through May 4, 2018.  Click on “Register Here” to your right and purchase through PayPal.  Registration is $25 a person.  You may also mail or take a check (made out to West Bloomfield Youth Assistance) to the Greater West Bloomfield Cable Communications Commission building at 4510 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323, attention:  Michigan Week BreakfastPlease note the change of location for payment.  Remember to indicate the group you would like to be seated with at the Breakfast when registering.

In addition to all the wonderful volunteers we have throughout our community that need to be recognized, this  year’s theme gives us a new group of volunteers to think about when we think of public safety.  Do we have volunteers at the Police Department, the Fire Department or our schools that are volunteering in this category?

Nominations will begin Tuesday, January 9, 2018, until March 2, 2018.

Don Weeks—Founder of Michigan Week

don-weeks“Don Weeks, a former State of Michigan Economic Development Director, launched the tradition of “Michigan Week” on May 2, 1954. Mr. Weeks’ vision was to bring the business, labor, government and education communities under one banner to promote Michigan. The idea: an annual “Michigan Week” to allow residents to beat their drums for their state.”

Dr. Seymour Gretchko—Former Superintendent of WB Schools

S.Gretchko3x5Dr. Seymour Gretchko was the beloved Superintendent of West Bloomfield Schools from 1983-2002. He passed away on March 19, 2002 at age 71.  To honor him, one of our communities’ great heroes, the Michigan Week Committee instituted the Dr. Seymour Gretchko Youth Advocate Award.   The focus: A prestigious award that would honor and model the principles and values embraced by Dr. Seymour Gretchko (popularly known as Sy).